STOW — The current assistant superintendent of the Mansfield City Schools will be heading northeast for the same position in the Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools for the next school year.

The Stow-Munroe Falls School Board today unanimously approved hiring Mark Manley, who also will be in charge of the human resources department. Manley will officially begin his new role on Aug. 1 and will be paid $104,000, which is Step 4 of the administrator salary schedule.

Manley will take over from Chris DiMauro, who resigned last month to take a job in the private sector. Manley could not be reached for comment.

"We look forward to welcoming Mark to the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District family," said Superintendent Tom Bratten. "Mark has experience as an assistant superintendent and HR director. Additionally, his experience as a union president and lead negotiator gives him a unique perspective that will translate into treating people with respect and dignity on both sides of the table during future negotiations."

Manley has been the assistant superintendent and director of human resources at the Mansfield City Schools since 2016. He also spent time in the Xenia Community Schools, first as a choral music and theater arts teacher, then as the administrative HR specialist.

In addition to his roles as an administrator and teacher, Manley led several important initiatives in the districts he’s served, including a District Leadership Team, an Ambassador Team, strategic planning, successful levy campaigns and a curriculum council. Manley also spent 14 years as president for the Xenia Education Association.

During his career, Manley has received several awards and recognitions, including the Howard Post Excellence in Education Award and being inducted into the Xenia Community Schools Hall of Honor. He led numerous students to superior ratings at the OMEA district and state adjudicated events and produced a number of plays and musicals.

Manley received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Anderson University, his Master of Music in Voice and Opera Theater from Wichita State University, his Master of Educational Leadership from the American College of Education and his superintendent licensure through the Kent State University Ph.D. program.

"Mark is compassionate and passionate about kids and people in general," Bratten said. "He will bring relational and social-emotional strengths to our district. He is a great match for the culture of the Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools."

Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, ahelms@recordpub.com, or ??@AprilKHelms_RPC??